Scientists studying termites’ ability to survive deadly microbes may have discovered antibiotic properties in the insects’ poop. After analyzing bacteria from material collected from five termite colonies in Florida, researchers found that 70 percent of these bacteria actually killed a wide range of pathogens.
In poker, how you move your arms while betting may be a tell that you you're bluffing, Tufts researchers say. In a study of professional poker players, college students were able to determine whether players were betting with bad hands by watching two-second video clips taken during a poker tournament.
Toxoplasma-infected mice stop fearing cats for as much as four months after becoming infected, according to a new study published in PLoS ONE. Mice still don't fear cats even after the parasite has left their body, according to study author Wendy Ingram. In humans, toxoplasma that leads to toxoplasmosis can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and may increase suicide risk.
A mosquito “invisibility cloak” could be the answer to our worldwide mosquito problem. Instead of a repellent, the new approach to warding off disease-carrying mosquitoes uses a recently discovered group of compounds that actually inhibit the mosquito’s sense of smell.